Syr­ian Kurds, gov­ern­ment dis­cuss post-U.S. with­drawal

Orlando Sentinel (Sunday) - - NATION & WORLD -

BEIRUT — Talks are on­go­ing be­tween the Syr­ian gov­ern­ment and Kur­dish of­fi­cials to reach a deal on how to fill the gap fol­low­ing the with­drawal of U.S. troops from the coun­try, a Syr­ian Kur­dish of­fi­cial said Satur­day.

The of­fi­cial, who spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity, said Syr­ian Kur­dish of­fi­cials have vis­ited Rus­sia, which is a main backer of Syria.

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump an­nounced in mid­De­cem­ber that the U.S. will with­draw all of its 2,000 forces in Syria. Trump’s move has raised fears over clear­ing the way for a Turk­ish as­sault on Kur­dish fight­ers in Syria who fought along­side Amer­i­can troops against the Is­lamic State. Turkey con­sid­ers the Kur­dish Peo­ple’s Pro­tec­tion Units, or YPG, a ter­ror­ist group linked to an in­sur­gency within its own bor­ders.

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